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Discussion on: free software actually costs something

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Ben Sinclair

Now you might be thinking - “but this isn’t actually open source”

Technically, I'm thinking "this isn't free software" which is more relevant since that's what you put in the post title, and that "free software" has never been about the money.

A Patron License grants qualifying patrons permission to ignore any noncommercial or copyleft rules.

It sounds like you're saying you want to dual-licence your software, which is fine, common, and people have been doing it for decades. A lot of developers (usually those run as a company) have GPL or "community" editions of their software and also provide the exact same thing under commercial licenses.